Piping cord is a classic decorative element on the edges of pillows, cushions & upholstery pieces. Pre-made piping is available in some fabrics and braided piping and lipcord are also options, but a more common trim is piping that matches the fabric you’re using. Making custom piping is a great basic sewing skill to learn.
You can cut straight strips of fabric for your piping, but today we’re going to show you how to cut on the bias. The bias is a 45-degree angle through the warp and weft threads of a fabric. While cutting bias piping might seem more complicated, it’s really pretty simple and is much easier to sew with. Cutting along the bias makes your piping take curves easier and, in general, provides an overall cleaner look than straight cut piping. Also, fabric cut on the bias doesn’t fray.
Using a rotary cutter, cutting mat and acrylic ruler makes the process of cutting your bias strips quick and easy. Both the cutting mat and the acrylic ruler have lines at a 45-degree angle to help you find the bias. Plus, using the ruler as your guide when you cut the fabric helps you get a nice straight line.
This video not only teaches you how to cut fabric strips on the bias, join them together and sew them into piping, but it will also demonstrate how to sew the piping on a cushion, how to attach it to an upholstered chair and show you how to cleanly join the piping ends together.
Materials & Tools:
- Decorative Fabric (we used P/Kaufmann Temara Turmeric in the video)
- Cotton Braided Piping Cord
- Rotary Cutter
- Cutting Mat
- Clear Acrylic Ruler
- Ultrafeed Sewing Machine
Find all the tools and materials needed to make your own bias piping at Sailrite.com.
What kinds of projects would you add bias piping to? Share your ideas with us in the comments.